- a mixture of dried petals of roses or other flowers with spices, kept in a jar for their fragrance.
- a musical medley.
- a collection of miscellaneous literary extracts.
- any mixture, especially of unrelated objects, subjects, etc.
Origin of potpourri
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Examples from the Web for potpourri
Bushels of their scented petals are yearly cured by me for Potpourri.A Garden with House Attached
Sarah Warner Brooks
There were, in fact, chintz-covered settees, and there was potpourri.In the Wilderness
Amongst his compositions he published six Duos concertants (Op.3 and 4) as well as a Potpourri for two violoncellos.The Violoncello and Its History
Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
If the potpourri was at times redolent of the dried flowers of other men's loves, Eleanor was blissfully unaware of it.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
The best rules gave ambergris as one of the ingredients; this is not really a perfume, but gives the potpourri its staying power.Old-Time Gardens
Alice Morse Earle
- a collection of mixed flower petals dried and preserved in a pot to scent the air
- a collection of unrelated or disparate items; miscellany
- a medley of popular tunes
- a stew of meat and vegetables
Word Origin and History for potpourri
also pot-pourri, 1610s, "mixed meats served in a stew," from French pot pourri "stew," literally "rotten pot" (loan-translation of Spanish olla podrida), from pourri, past participle of pourrir "to rot," from Vulgar Latin *putrire, from Latin putrescere "grow rotten" (see putrescent). Notion of "medley" led to meaning "mixture of dried flowers and spices," first recorded in English 1749. Figurative sense (originally in music) of "miscellaneous collection" is recorded from 1855.